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September 20, 2012

Moving to Harness the Now Lucrative Open Source Software Industry

As hardware designers advance the capabilities of hardware offered in the market, software engineers are moving in to create functional applications to make use of this hardware. The sheer number of platforms on which designers can develop has led to the birth of a new class of software developers hence the existence of open source software.

Open source software and IT infrastructure is now widely known by the exuberant freedom it gives to experts at no cost. A piece of innovation in this class of software is distributed with the source code and the permission to make amends and additions that will make the software solution better at no cost other than giving credit where it is due.

In a blog post, while releasing the results of a survey commissioned by Amadeus IT group, Jim Norton, a British IT specialist, wrote, “Open source software and IT infrastructure are ready to be used as critical computing systems in the enterprise. He believes that, “By migrating to open source, enterprises can benefit from greater and swifter innovation, improved supplier responsiveness and enhanced systems accessibility and support.”

Norton’s post is in accord with the dream and vision of the open source world, which has grown to the level of delivering versatile and reliable software solutions that compete favorably with the closed software. Examples of such solutions include content management platform Drupal, cluster-computing tool Hadoop, JavaScript library jQuery and many more.

The top-notch experienced open source community is more than willing to face any challenge thrown their way by day-to-day IT necessities. Harnessing this desire by moving into open source software cuts down on the initial installation cost of the system. However, it should be noted that maintenance costs still need to be met though, according to Norton’s comments in the blog post, these costs are cheaper compared to those paid for closed software.

Additional advantages of open source software include the ability of company IT teams to customize and tailor software to meet company’s specific needs since source code is free and the software openness which allows more developers to contribute making newer and better versions readily available. Finally, in case of a crash (which is rare) they do not take down any other “neighboring” applications that are running.

 However, going open source is not all bread and butter. Norton advices interested companies to maintain common development teams that will ensure gradual phasing out of older systems in order to avoid stalling in the platform transition process.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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